Monthly Archives: August 2012

Chinn Ridge-What Could Have Been?

Patchan, Scott C. Second Manassas, Longstreet’s Attack and the Struggle for Chinn Ridge. Potomac Books,Washington D.C; 2011. Pp. IX, 185. ISBN 978-1597976879. Hardcover. $26.95. Just because the 150th anniversary of the Second Battle of Manassas comes to an end does … Continue reading

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First or Second?

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A word about preservation at Manassas

Preservation still ranks as one of the top concerns at Manassas National Battlefield. In the mid-1990s, preservationists averted potential disaster when they forced the Walt Disney corporation to scrub plans for a proposed history-oriented theme park in the Manassas area. … Continue reading

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14th Brooklyn

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Days Of Wine & Politics!

Yesterday’s post, “WeedPAC & the FOS,” introduced the players in the events of the 1860 Republican National Convention in Chicago. Each man, in his own way, worked to elect Abraham Lincoln, but it was by no means an easy task. … Continue reading

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Middle Child and Second Fiddle: The Sad Fate of Second Manassas

Try as I might, I can’t persuade my daughter to explore anything to do with Second Manassas. It’s July 29, 2000. Steph is six but already the veteran of several battlefielding campaigns, and she’s particularly a fan of First Manassas … Continue reading

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WeedPAC & the FOS (Friends of Seward)

Lincoln’s greatest challenge in Chicago was the U. S. senator from New York, William Seward. Experienced, and well financed by the nascent “machine” of Thurlow Weed, the leading New York political operative, Seward seemed to be the most qualified candidate … Continue reading

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From Iron for Granite: The Army Career of John Gibbon

 On August 28, 1862, a Brigadier General would lead his novice brigade of Mid-Westerners against Stonewall Jackson’s hardened Veterans. The Battle of Brawner Farm saw the ascendency of one of the best known and hardest fighting units in the Army … Continue reading

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New Speakers Bureau

You may have noticed that we have been tweaking the site this week. We have added a few new blogs and Civil War sites to our links. Also, we have added a new Speakers Bureau. The bureau is a collection … Continue reading

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Honest Abe: Rail Splitter, Crowd Surfer!

As 1860 dawned, Abraham Lincoln was still not a candidate for President. He proceeded cautiously, talking to Norman Judd and David Davis about the likelihood of getting the nod from the Illinois Republican State Committee. Then a biography of Lincoln … Continue reading

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